CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Latest on ACC media days (all times local):
North Carolina’s Larry Fedora can be one of the more emotional and animated college football head coaches on the sideline during a game.
But Fedora knows he will have to behave himself after a new NCAA rule passed that will penalize coaches 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct for crossing the white lines to argue a call.
Under the rule coaches are still allowed to protest a call, but they have to stay on the white painted portion of the sideline.
Fedora said he’s going to do a really job at it and believes it’s a great rule.
Fedora said he doesn’t believe there is any reason a coach should show up an official any more than an official should show up a coach.
”We wouldn’t allow a player to show up an official so why allow a coach to do so?” Fedora said. ”If you look at the NFL, I think the head coaches there do a great job of controlling themselves in those situations and I think it something that needed to happen at our level.”
Georgia Tech has long been known as a run-first team under coach Paul Johnson. That doesn’t seem to bother Ricky Jeune.
The wide receiver said Friday at ACC media days that ”when you are playing in an offense like this, you get a lot of one-on-one coverage – and that is a wide receiver’s dream.”
And when the Yellow Jackets run the ball?
Jeune said he takes pride in his ability to block, adding, ”You just have to be committed and ready to help out.”
Georgia Tech’s passing game will undergo a little more change this year. Three-year starter Justin Thomas has graduated and the Yellow Jackets are expected to turn to Matthew Jordan, who led Georgia Tech to a big win at Virginia Tech last year. Johnson isn’t worried so much about the change at quarterback given his team’s returning experience on offense.
Johnson said whoever ends up playing quarterback will be surrounded by a lot of guys who have played, so he feels good about that position.
Miami has produced some top level tight ends over the years including Greg Olsen, Jimmy Graham, Kellen Winslow II, Bubba Franks, Jeremy Shockey and, most recently, David Njoku.
Second-year Hurricanes coach Mark Richt believes he has another good one in Chris Herndon.
Herndon had 28 receptions for 334 yards and two touchdowns last season while playing in the two tight end set opposite Njoku, who was selected 29th overall in this year’s NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns. Njoku became the fifth tight end in Miami history to be drafted in the first round.
Richt said Friday at ACC media days he has a lot of faith in Herndon and believes ”he’s one of the better tight ends I have been around. The coach said Herndon is very physical at the point of attack and has good ball skills.
Richt said his tight ends are asked to decipher more information than position on the field, including quarterback.
He said the tight end has to understand where he has to be and line up. Rich added, ”We put a lot of burden on the tight end positon.”
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